• Categories: Literature
  • Gender: Male
  • Birth Country: Kenya
  • Date of Birth: December 18
Koigi wa Wamwere
Koigi wa Wamwere is a Kenyan politician, human rights activist, journalist and writer. Koigi became famous for opposing both the Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel arap Moi regimes, both of which sent him to detention. Koigi was born in 1949 in Rugongo location, Bahati division, Nakuru District, Rift Valley Province. He went to Rugongo Primary School then to Mother of Apostles seminary and later Nyeri High School. Wamwere excelled in school and received a scholarship to Cornell University in the United States in the early 70s and while there he got interested in politics. Without finishing studies in Hotel Management at Cornell University, Wamwere came back to Kenya. He began lecturing at the Jogoo Commercial College at the same time was a freelance journalist for the now defunct newspaper Sunday Post. It was during this period that he joined active politics and contested for the Nakuru North Constituency (now Subukia Constituency) parliamentary seat in 1974, representing KANU. He is the author of “A Woman Reborn”, “Justice on Trial”, and “I Refuse to Die”, amongst other books.